You have a job interview and so maybe a new job soon. You ‘just need to make sure’ that you make a phenomenal impression on your soon-to-be employer. How? We have put together our top 10 tips for you. Good luck with them! And if you like us to share our thoughts with you, regarding your specific situation, then please call or email us.

Tip 1: Take a Deep Dive Into The Organization And The People

Make sure you know the organization where you have the job interview from the inside and out. What do they do exactly? When did they start and why? What developments have they gone through since then? For which clients to they work? What does the team look like that you are going to work in? What makes them different from their competitors? And who are they, those competitors?

"How cool would it be if you find out that you both were at Tomorrowland?”

Take a serious look into the people with which you will sit around the table. Who are they? What is their job? For how long do they already work at the organization and what did they do before? Go through their social media profiles and try to get a sense of the human behind the name. Because how cool would it be if you find out that you both were at Tomorrowland? Traveled through Vietnam in the same period? Or by chance, both play bass guitar in your spare time? The best icebreakers are often found on Facebook and Instagram. If you like to remain anonymous, for example on LinkedIn, use an incognito window in Chrome (Ctrl + Shift + N / Command + Shift + N).

Tip 2: Formulate A Strong Story Around Your Three Best Characteristics

A question that is always asked, directly or indirectly. What are your strengths? Take a look at your best characteristics and write down three of them. And how are they expressed? Which stories, examples and situations can you come up with that proves that?

Is it difficult for you to think about yourself? Push. Harder. During an interview, you should be able to talk about yourself with ease. Would you like to make use of a helpline after all? Ask the public for help. A friend. A colleague. Someone on LinkedIn. Your mom. Your mirror image (bonus tip).

Tip 3: Also Think About Your Two Worst Characteristics

You’ve seen it coming. Rightly so. Because this question will definitely be asked during a job interview. What are you really, absolutely bad at? We advise you not to come up with very corny answers, such as “I’m too much of a perfectionist” or “I’m so enthusiastic that I tend to exaggerate sometimes”.

Be creative. You can be honest; you can also grab the opportunity to bring in the things that you don’t like to do, if you are open about it. A good employer makes sure that his employees do what they like and what they are good at. Inferior characteristics always have opposite positive characteristics. You don’t need to make that too obvious.

Tip 4: Prepare Your Greatest Success Stories

Another frequently asked question. And if that question is not asked, search for an entry during the conversation to put in your success story. Nothing works better than a concrete, true story that shows how valuable you are. That may well be a situation that did not take place at your workplace. As long as it is a real and true story.

Such a story consists of three parts:

  1. What was the problem?
  2. How did you provide the solution?
  3. What was the result and what were the reactions?

Do you know more success stories? Good. Work them all out and keep them in the back of your mind.

Tip 5: Make Sure that You Know Your CV by Heart

Most likely your future employer will ask you for your work experience. He will partly use your CV and your profile on LinkedIn. So make sure you know them yourself. Go through them a couple of times and think about the most obvious questions; is there a “gap” in your CV, did you make notable steps in your career, did you work somewhere for a very short time or in fact for a very long time? Are there notable employers or maybe competitors mentioned on your CV?

Tip 6: Formulate your Elevator Pitch: Why Are You the Perfect Person For This Job?

Imagine. Your job interview will only last for 10 seconds. Your future employer will run into you in the elevator, and forgot to tell you that the job interview could not take place and asks you, with the elevator doors already open: “But why should we employ you?”.

What would you say? What is your smashing one-liner that will hit the bulls eye immediately?

Grab your mirror again. Practice. Just as long until it is coming out of your mouth flawless, without stuttering and full of confidence. Make sure you match your online and offline appearance and put your pitch also in your LinkedIn profile summary.

Tip 7: Take Your Laptop, a Pen and a Piece of Paper

Show that you are interested. Type or write down what is said. Write down any ideas that you find during the interview. If you use your phone to make notes, mention that. Otherwise it looks like you are text messaging with a friend.

Would you like to show something that is online? Then take out your laptop. A laptop is useful anyway; often you come across things that you want to see or look up together during a conversation. A piece of paper and a pen comes in handy when you would like to visualize or sketch something during the conversation.

Tip 8: Show Yourself, but Match Your Outfit

The times that your showed up to a job interview in a tight suit and spotless shoes are over. It is becoming more and more important today to show yourself. Dress in a way that suits you and makes you feel comfortable. Clothes that say something about your personality. Are you very creative and energetic? Then don’t wear a blazer that mainly collects dust in your wardrobe.

"Choose something that you recognize yourself in and reflects the values and culture of the organization."
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Dress in a way that you fit into the organization that you are visiting. It will not be appreciated everywhere if you show up in muddy festival shoes. Choose something that you recognize yourself in and reflects the values and culture of the organization.

Tip 9: Prepare Brilliant Questions

Asking a brilliant question makes you look like you are very interested and smart, no question about that. Of course you prepared questions, but take the time to think about that one question that shows that you think just a little bit further then all the other candidates with which you compete. Did you, for example, already encounter to something during your research into the organization? Something you would like to learn more about? Something in which you see a chance or possibility?

Put yourself in the position of the person you have the job interview with. What does he/she do every day? What kind of opportunities and issues will this person encounter on a regular or even special working day? Supplement this with your own perspective; what kind of situations did you encounter in your working experience and how would this situation look like if you were employed by the organization you have the job interview with?

Tip 10: Make Sure You Stand Out

The last and most important tip. Make sure you stand out. The winning candidate is the candidate that has something that the other candidates don’t have.

A special thing like that often takes a lot of work, but makes sure that you show that you take the chance that you get seriously. It would be nice if you can show something. Give yourself an assignment from the perspective of the organization you would like to be employed. What would be a challenging assignment within the organization and for the job for which you apply for?

Do not just think about it, but do it too and bring it with you. Show that you have already begun, because you cannot wait to get started. Come with new, fresh ideas. Because you as an outsider have one big advantage over the person that you have the job interview with: you do not work there (yet). You have that new fresh perspective. You see the things that have for long been in their blind spot. Take this advantage.

Good luck!

Did you observe all these tips? Then you will be well prepared for your job interview. You only need to keep your nerves under control. Zoom out, think about the fact that a job interview is very important, but the real important things are much bigger. That this is one moment in a whole life. That, whatever the outcome will be, you will survive and get something out of it. That you, even if the interview was very bad, can look back on it with a smile after a while.

And probably you are going to do very well. You will probably be more aware about your nerves than the person with which you sit around the table. And, lastly, it is normal and healthy to feel some kind of tension.

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